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The aim of the project is not solely to publish a body of important material, but also to share experience with other scholars and to establish agreed standards. One of the advantages of using XML is that it is possible to develop quite simple tools to extract data from pre-existing databases, and if necessary pass them on to other formats; we are extremely keen to develop the personal contacts which will encourage scholars to work towards technological compatibility.

As part of the Pilot Project we held two very useful Workshops, in Chapel Hill and in London in February and July 2002; from these we built up an international group of colleagues and collaborators. The new grant will allow us to hold three workshops in each year of the project: we hope to hold one in the UK, one in mainland Europe and one in the USA, each year.


Very appropriately, the first InsAph Workshop was held at New York University in May; this enabled us to discuss plans with the excavators of Aphrodisias, as well as with other U.S. scholars working on similar projects.

In September, on the occasion of the XIIe Rencontre Epigraphique, bringing together Italian, French and British scholars, we took the opportunity to hold our second workshop, bringing together a group of scholars from Italy engaged in related undertakings. This was made possible by the generous hospitality of the British School at Rome.


The third workshop of our first year took place in Oxford, in January, jointly organised with the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents and the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names. The meeting focussed on issues of identifying, classifying and marking up names in both corpora and analytical projects.

On 17-18 September 2005 we met in Berlin, in collaboration with the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy, on the occasion of a Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum workshop on CIL III.

On 11-13 November we are holding a workshop at Brown University, Providence, R.I.; the theme will be the digitisation of material in museum collections.

Members of the team have also made presentations of the website and of EpiDoc:

Charlotte Roueche: at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris (31 Janury); at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, Univerity of Virgina (5 April); at the Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies, Washington D.C. (14 April); at the Institut für Alte Geschichte, University of Vienna (18 May); at the Central European University, Budapest (23 May).

Gabriel Bodard: in the University of London Ancient History MA seminar in November; UCL School of Library, Archive, and Information Science lecture (December).


On 12-13 January we held a workshop in Cambridge, with two other research teams based there, the Ancient Greek Lexicon project, and the Grammar of Medieval Greek project

In March we held an intensive workshop in London, to refine the guidelines and tooling for EpiDoc.

From 19 to 23 June we ran an intensive Summer School in London, to train epigraphers in EpiDoc: those attending came from Germany, Greece, Italy, Switzerland and the UK.

On 20th August a group of Byzantinists are meeting at King's College London to discuss the development of parallel guidelines for the presentation of Byzantine seals (SigiDoc).

On 23-24 October we shall be holding a workshop in Rome, to discuss, in particular, the use of EpiDoc to encode repeated and utilitarian material, such as stamps.

On 25 October, in Rome we shall be offering a Training Day in EpiDoc.

On 27-28 October there will be a meeting of Numismatists in London to discuss NumisDoc, guidelines for the presentation of inscriptions on coins.

Members of the team have also made presentations of the website and of EpiDoc:

Charlotte Roueche: Istanbul (in February); BES conference, London (in March); in Bulgaria (in September).

Juan Garcés: Digital Philology conference in Hamburg, and at the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut in Munich, in January.

Gabriel Bodard: AMPAH conference in Exeter, March 18th.

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